THE Chipata Magistrates’ Court yesterday sentenced a 22-year-old man of Msekera area to five years imprisonment with hard labour for breaking into a police officer’s house and stealing a police uniform and other ite,s worthy K850. Before magistrate Philip Mpundu was Stephen Chintu, who pleaded guilty to the charge.
Chintu, who had earlier denied the charge prompting the court to go into trial, told the court that he now admits the charge.
Magistrate Mpundu asked Chintu to take fresh plea to which he pleaded guilty. Chintu broke into the dwelling house of Francis Mumba on March 18, 2018 and stole a pair of military boots, one truck suit top, one pressing iron, two grenades and a pair of police uniform valued at K850.
All the items, apart from military uniform and one smoke grenade, had not been recovered. In mitigation, Chintu asked for forgiveness saying he acted under the influence of alcohol. Magistrate Mpundu said he considered what Chintu said in mitigation but that the convict acted wrongly. He said stealing police articles was a very serious offence adding that such things were not supposed to be found with unauthorized persons.
Magistrate Mpundu said Chintu was not remorseful as he had his bail revoked when he jumped bail during the course of the case.
“To act as a deterrent to would be offenders, I sentence you to five years imprisonment with hard labour with effect from today. You are informed of your right to appeal within 14 days,” said magistrate Mpundu.